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Food and Green Space in Cities: A Resilience Lens on Gardens and Urban Environmental Movements

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“City Farmer” tends garden in the Fenway, administered by the 600-member Fenway Civic Association. Four hundred twenty-five personal gardens are tilled on these five acres in Metropolitan Boston, 05/1973. Photo by Environmental Protection Agency.

The allotment movements were ignited by philanthropists of their time when trying to improve living conditions for the urban poor.

By Stephan Barthel, John Parker and Henrik Ernstson
Urban Studies
Published online 28 January 2013

Abstract:

This article examines the role played by urban gardens during historical collapses in urban food supply lines and identifies the social processes required to protect two critical elements of urban food production during times of crisis — open green spaces and the collective memory of how to grow food. Advanced communication and transport technologies allow food sequestration from the farthest reaches of the planet, but have markedly increasing urban dependence on global food systems over the past 50 years.

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Historic Orchards in London

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Urban Fruit for Urban Communities

By The London Orchard Project

This map gives a historical overview of the extent of orchards in London in the 1890s – with a noticeable concentration of orchards in South-West London. It shows the importance of orchards to feed the capital in late Victorian times.

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